Job Help for Teens

Job & Career Resources from the Boston Public Library

Afterschool and Summer Employment in Boston

  • ABCD SummerWorks – SummerWorks has provided over 5,000 Boston youth with a summer job at more than 500 partner worksites throughout the city. A CORI* is required to complete your application. ***The 2017 SummerWorks Online Application will close June 2nd.*** Youth must be between the age of 14-21 as of June 26th.
  • Artists For Humanity – AFH hires teens to work across 5 different studios: Painting, 3D Design, Graphics, Photography and Video & Motion. **As of January 2017, there is a temporary hold on the recruitment of new teens as AFH is expanding and moving to a larger space! Once re-opened, AFH looks forward to hiring 3X as many teens!
  • Boch Center Wang Theater – Job opportunities for teens interested in using the performing arts (dance, music, or acting) for social change.
  • BCYF Youth Engagement and Employment –  Opportunities for summer and school-year jobs.
  • Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) – The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) offers Boston Public School students a variety of ways to work and learn. The PIC organizes the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Campaign and a limited number of school-year internships.
  • Jobs for Teens HQ – This website provides teens with jobs for teens by city/state, resume writing tips, job fair information, interviewing best practices, work permit info, volunteering opportunities, labor laws, and other information to help them succeed.
  • Mayor’s Youth Line – A resource created by Boston teens for teens and their parents.
  • Youth Conservation Corps – Apply to work outdoors as part of team with Boston Natural Areas Network to help parks in Boston.
  • Teen Employment with YMCA – The Y has employment opportunity for teens.
  • Sociedad Latina – Sociedad Latina offers different job opportunity for teens as well as job development programs.

Volunteer Opportunities to Gain Job Experience

  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Youth Leadership Corps – BARCC’s Youth Leadership Corps, is a great way to learn job experience as well as helping to change your community.
  • Teens in Print – TiP is looking for teens who want to express themselves through writing. Most of the jobs are volunteer opportunities, but some do lead to paid jobs.
  • Teen Life – Volunteer work for high school students can be a life-changing experience and is a great way for students to build their resumes and skill sets Search for Volunteer Programs in Boston today.
  • Volunteer Match – Want to make a difference in your community? Check out Volunteer Match and find a cause that means something to you!

Resume Writing & Interviewing

  • Resume writing books – Available through the Boston Public Library
  • Interviewing skills books – Available through the Boston Public Library
  • Resume guide – From the Boston Youth Zone
  • Job Search Tips for High School Students  – A short list of tips for teens about how to dress appropriately, where to search for jobs, how to prepare and act in an interview, & advice for volunteering and building your resume.
  • Job Interview Strategies – Strategies on how to succeed a job interview
  • Tips for Finding a Job for Teens – Are you a teen looking for a job? Here’s all the information you need to get started on a job search, including restrictions on where and when you can work, how to get working papers if you need them, the best sites for job listings, tips for getting hired for your first (or second) job, and how to get help finding a job.

Online Resources

  • Are You A Teen Worker? – Created by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the guide gives you the facts you need to stay safe and healthy at work. It also shows you what jobs you can (and can’t) do, and it teaches you about your rights and responsibilities as a young worker.
  • Boston Youth Zone E- Newsletter – Join this newsletter to have up-to-date information on job opportunities, internships and activities offered in Boston for teens.
  • Massachusetts Guide for Working Teens – Created by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, this guide contains information on legal work hours, rights & responsibilities, work permits, and more!
  • Safety at Work – Once you are hired, here are a few tips on how to be safe at your work.
  • US Department of Labor – Know your rights as a youth worker.
  • YouthRules! – Promotes positive and safe work experiences for teens by distributing information about young workers to youth, parents, employers and educators.

*CORI stands for Criminal Offender Record Information. Many jobs might require applicants to have a police background check done before they can be hired.

Working Papers 

*In the state of Massachusetts, all teens under 18 years of age must complete a work permit application and obtain a work permit before starting a new job. You can obtain this application through the Superintendent of your school. For more information, check out the webpage Youth Employment Permit Information.